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Tennessee Hops Project Launches

Sat, 01/06/2018 - 01:10
Related ATTRA Publication: Hops: Organic ProductionA team of University of Tennessee Extension specialists has been awarded a grant for a project aimed at enhancing the competitiveness of specialty hops in the state. Four specialists from three…
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ASA and CSSA Introduce 'Sustainable, Secure Food' Blog

Fri, 01/05/2018 - 18:57
The American Society of Agronomy (ASA) and Crop Science Society of America (CSSA) have created a bi-monthly informational blog about sustainability and food security for the general public. This blog is sponsored and written by members of the two…
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Southern SARE Releases Index of Projects for 2017

Fri, 01/05/2018 - 07:53
Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (SARE) has published Index 2017, an annual report of grant projects final reports and grant-funded research that was continuing in 2017. The 18-page index is sorted by type of grant and by state.…
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Video Aids in Calculating Cover Crop Seeding Rates

Fri, 01/05/2018 - 07:37
Related ATTRA Publication: No-Till Case Study, Richter Farm: Cover Crop Cocktails in a Forage-Based SystemPenn State Extension has posted a new, eight-minute video that provides step-by-step instructions for calculating seeding rates when including…
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Scientists Call for National Living Soil Repository

Fri, 01/05/2018 - 04:34
A group of USDA Agricultural Research Service scientists has published a call for a National Living Soil Repository. "A National Living Soil Repository would store agricultural cryogenic and air-dried soil samples, analyze samples for microbial…
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NCAT Accepting Applications for Armed to Farm in California

Thu, 01/04/2018 - 11:56
The National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) is bringing the week-long Armed to Farm (ATF) training to California for the first time, April 16- April 20, 2018, at Glide Ranch in Davis, California. ATF gives veterans an opportunity to see…
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National Water Quality Initiative Adding 30 New Watersheds

Thu, 01/04/2018 - 11:49
USDA has announced that it will add 30 new watersheds in 2018 to the National Water Quality Initiative (NWQI), which helps landowners improve water quality while strengthening agricultural operations. USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)…
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Minnesota Department of Agriculture Offers Farmer-Support Trainings

Thu, 01/04/2018 - 04:10
The Minnesota Department of Agriculture will offer "Down on the Farm: Supporting Farmers in Stressful Times," free three-hour trainings in six locations across the state during January, February, and March. The professional development workshop is…
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Southwest Wisconsin Pastured Poultry Processing Working Group Explores Plant Options

Wed, 01/03/2018 - 01:49
Related ATTRA Publication: Small-Scale Poultry ProcessingA Southwest Wisconsin Pastured Poultry Processing Working Group has formed to explore the possibility of launching a regional USDA-inspected poultry-processing plant, reports Agri-View. Producers…
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Organic Farming Program Awarded Beginning Farmer Grant

Wed, 01/03/2018 - 01:22
Rodale Institute and Delaware Valley University have been awarded a $498,706, three-year Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program grant in support of their joint Organic Farming Program. The 36-credit, one-year Organic Farming Program was…
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Indiana Agriculture Nutrient Alliance Formed

Tue, 01/02/2018 - 19:29
Indiana agricultural, commodity, and conservation organizations, academia, and local, state, and federal agencies have teamed up to form the Indiana Agriculture Nutrient Alliance (IANA). The goal of the alliance is to improve soil health and nutrient…
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Book Chronicles European Township's Movement to Ban Pesticides

Sat, 12/30/2017 - 00:22
Author and professor Philip Ackerman-Leist has a new book titled A Precautionary Tale, reports the Rutland Herald. The book tells the story of how a township at the convergence of Austria, Switzerland, and Italy rallied to protect itself from the…
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Beginning Farmer Webinar Series Offered by Michigan Extension

Fri, 12/29/2017 - 23:27
Michigan State University Extension is presenting a series of fifteen online programs addressing crop and livestock production and marketing on Wednesday evenings January 17 through April 25, 2018. Participants will get an overview of a variety of…
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Seaweed Farming Grows in Maine

Fri, 12/29/2017 - 22:59
Related ATTRA Resource: Ecological Fisheries and Ocean FarmingSeaweed farming is on the rise in Maine, according to a feature in Civil Eats. With 3,000 miles of coastline, much of it protected, the state offers a good location, and the kelp-growing…
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UN Resolutions Create World Bee Day; Decade of Family Farming; Aquaculture Year

Thu, 12/28/2017 - 22:21
The United Nations has designated May 20 as World Bee Day, notes the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. The annual observance acknowledges the role of bees not only as pollinators, but as providers of honey. In addition, the UN…
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FSMA Rules for Large Produce Growers Take Effect in January

Thu, 12/28/2017 - 22:03
Related ATTRA Resource: On-Farm Food Safety and FSMAApproximately 6,000 produce growers in the United States will have to comply with the Food Safety Modernization Act's (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule beginning January 26, 2018, says the American Farm…
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Non-Profit Farm School Offers Student Training

Thu, 12/28/2017 - 19:54
Wisconsin farmer Harold Altenburg has started a nonprofit school at his farm to teach high-school-age youth work skills, reports Agri-View. Altenburg, now 84, has hired students to work on his farm since 1964, but noted a decline in the level of youth…
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Using Unconventional Spaces for Renewable Energy Could Spare Prime Agriculture Lands

Wed, 12/27/2017 - 09:21
A study led by the University of California, Davis says that siting renewable-energy generation on unconventional spaces could spare other lands for agriculture, wildlife habitat, and other high-value uses. Researchers suggest that rooftops,…
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Nebraska Seminar Series Focuses on Advances in Irrigation Management

Wed, 12/27/2017 - 08:11
Related ATTRA Publication: Measuring and Conserving Irrigation WaterSchool of Natural Resources and the Nebraska Water Center at the University of Nebraska are offering a free, seven-part series of lectures on various aspects of advances in irrigation…
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Sesame Offers Drought-Crop Option for Oklahoma Farmers

Wed, 12/27/2017 - 06:43
This year, more than 65,000 acres of sesame were harvested in Oklahoma, reports Tulsa World. Last year, 12.7 million pounds of sesame were produced in Oklahoma and Texas, the only two U.S. states to grow the crop. Sesame has a deep root system and does…
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